Re-decorating your house is a very cost-effective way of sprucing up the interior and adding value to your house. The tools you need are readily available from your local DIY store, and with the right knowledge and the right tools, your paint job can have a professional finish. It is important that you use the correct house painting tools to complete each stage of the painting process. For example, a DIY painting task requires priming and filling in cracks crevices on the walls before you pick up the paint brush.
Prepare the walls for painting. Use a pressure washer for exterior walls to remove excess dirt, dust and debris such as loose paint. For interior walls, brush down the walls using a wire brush, and then scrap off peeling paint using a paint scraper.
Sand down the wall's surface using a sandblaster. This will leave a smooth surface to apply paint to, giving you a professional finish, despite being a DIY job. Wooden surfaces will benefit greatly from this as the blaster removes small splinters and even out the wall's surface.
Lie a dust cloth across the floor of the room you are decorating to prevent damaging the carpet, or floorboards. Also called dust sheets, the cloth can be made from plastic sheeting, old bed sheets or scrap material. It is important to collect droplets of paint and keep the floor below clean.
Check the walls for small holes or crevices and then fill them in using a caulking gun. This is tools enables you to squirt caulk or silicone instead the hole, which is then levelled off with the walls surface using a scraper.
Set up a ladder in the room to reach the corners and work accurately on the higher areas of wall. Choose a ladder that is sturdy and has an additional step for putting your pot of paint. Make sure that when you stand on it you feel secure, and that you can reach the difficult to get to areas easily and safely. Use an extension ladder for exterior walls and a ladder with an A-frame indoors.
Get some masking tape and scissors ready for the DIY paint job. When it comes to painting the room, you can use the tape to edge along the ceiling or skirting board so that the wall's paint does not smudge. It is also vital for painting window frames to avoid getting paint on the glass.
Obtain your paint application tools. Paint brushes, roller pads or paint sprayer are available for covering surfaces. Choose the correct sized paint brush for intricate areas. Paint brushes are best used on intricate work such as crown moulding, around light switches or window frames while a paint sprayer can be used for ceilings. Big headed paint brushes are suitable for large areas that require a heavy paint coverage.
Use a paint roller and roller pole to paint large flat areas of wall. Extendable poles can be attached to the roller to reach high areas of wall. To create DIY paint effects like a flower pattern buy a paint roller with a pattern on its surface.
Hire a paint sprayer to spray the ceiling. A paint sprayer is efficient in paint usage, plus it is more convenient than a brush or roller for applying paint to a ceiling as you can stand on the floor and reach it using the nozzle. It also drips less paint onto the dust sheet.
Complete selecting your DIY house painting tools by choosing the primer and paint for the walls. Look through interior design magazines or at paint colour brochures to find a colour that you like. Use the correct type of paint-- for example, gloss paint is suitable for window frames while emulsion is best used for interior walls.